Support for H.R. 3 Continues to Roll in from American Workers – Teamsters and AFL-CIO Building Trades Unions Voice Strong Support for KXL Jobs and Energy Security

May 22, 2013

The House is set to commence debate today on H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) that will end the bureaucratic delays blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In advance of House consideration, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, collectively representing over four million workers, voiced their support for the commonsense legislation that will allow the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline to move forward. Citing Keystone’s ability to create tens of thousands of good paying jobs, the president of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department called this pipeline “a life line.”

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

We believe that it is time to end the delay and to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Teamsters Union believes that the Keystone XL pipeline will contribute to enhanced energy security, economic prosperity and, of critical importance, the creation of good paying jobs. … If the pipeline is not built, important socioeconomic benefits will not be realized – the positive impacts of local, state and federal revenue, spending by construction workers, and spending on construction goods and services. Building the Keystone XL Pipeline will enhance U.S. energy and economic security. It is time to move forward without further delay.”

Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO

America’s Building Trades Unions emphatically support the construction of Keystone. Our unions have been actively involved with this project since its inception almost 5 years ago. We are adamant in our belief that the economic, energy security and national security benefits associated with the construction of this pipeline are too important to allow it to be delayed any longer. … The Keystone XL project will create tens of thousands of good paying jobs here in the United States and Canada. For many members of our unions, Keystone XL is not just a pipeline; it is, in the most literal sense, a life line. … We cannot delay any longer. Congress has spoken with a strong bi-partisan voice time and time again in support of Keystone XL. Support H.R. 3 and let’s put American construction workers back to work.”

Click here to view a complete listing of those organizations who have lent their support to this commonsense, bipartisan legislation.

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